HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Hartsville Masonic Lodge No. 173 gifted a large portrait of President George Washington to Carolina Elementary School recently. The painting was hung in the school’s media center, and marked the second donation in a program by the Masons to give a portrait of Washington to each school in Hartsville.
The program also raises money for researching a cure for juvenile diabetes, keeping with a statewide Masonic mission.
“We really appreciate them bringing the portrait,” said Donna Barrett, Carolina Elementary principal. “This reminds our students of the people who built our nation. We also appreciate the partnership with the Masons, because we know it takes a community to help our children.”
Kenny McDonald, a behavior manager at Carolina Elementary and member of Lodge 173, said it was an honor to represent both sides at the donation.
“To know that we have the opportunity to place a very nice portrait in our schools of the most famous Mason and first president of our great nation serves as a reminder to all of the kids to always look up to the folks who’ve formed the nation,” McDonald said. “For us to be able to make this contribution as a community to better the future of our children is an awesome experience.”
Carolina Elementary serves about 240 students in first through fifth grades in Darlington County School District. For more information, please visit www.darlington.k12.sc.us.